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2009 Diatom Chardonnay Babcock Sta. Rita Hills
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($48) Bright yellow. A heady, decadent bouquet exudes nectarine, singed orange, pear skin, licorice and iodine, with exotic cinnamon and floral notes adding complexity. Vibrant and expansive, offering pure citrus and orchard fruit flavors and an intense mineral undertone. This is carrying 15.5% alcohol but no way I'd have guessed that. Nervy, dusty and strikingly floral on the finish, which strongly echoes the orange and floral notes.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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